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Helping Vermonters get connected

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Donna Sumner wants her daughter to have the health coverage that's right for her. Sumner heard on the radio about signing up for health insurance at a special event in Essex Junction.

"My daughter needed insurance, and we were in Burlington, so we just came over because we knew that it was going on today," says Sumner of Addison.

A team of Vermont Health Connect staff and website "navigators" are helping people like the Sumners sign up for health insurance online, through Vermont's online marketplace called Vermont Health Connect.

"The navigators are very, very helpful. They know exactly what you have to do. They are very good, they tell you exactly what they need and it's wonderful," says Sumner.

Vermont Health Connect staff say many Vermonters will need new insurance plans by the Spring, and want to help as many as possible get covered.

"Whether it be helping them set up an account if they haven't started one yet, starting the application, or if they want to talk about their different options to find a plan that's right for them, that meets their needs and their budget, we have a team of folks that can help talk them through that," says Sean Sheehan of Vermont Health Connect.

These events held by Vermont Health Connect run throughout March. With just a few clicks, you too can have health insurance in no time.

"We came in, and here we go, 15 minutes later she's covered with insurance and it was wonderful. It was like a walk in the park," says Sumner.

There are many ways to sign up for insurance - going online yourself, talking over the phone, or meeting with a so-called navigator in person. For Sumner, the choice is an easy one.

"Definitely go to one of these clinic type things because it's amazing what the navigators know, and they can just put you right through to what you need," she says.

And the deadline to sign up is moving closer, making sure Vermonters are covered.

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